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CSU vs. Wyoming – History Of The Bronze Boot And the Border War [VIDEO]

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The Colorado State University Rams and The University of Wyoming Cowboys meet on the football field this Saturday for a rivalry game known to most as “The Border War.” Separated by just 66 miles, these two teams have been playing each other for 103 years.Wyoming has won the past three games in the series, but CSU hopes to bring the Bronze Boot back to Fort Collins.

According to this Saturday’s game will be the unofficial 104th border war football game. Neither team has a spectacular record so far this year as the Rams are 2-6, while the Cowboys are 1-7. But, if history has taught us anything, this is going to be an exciting game with bragging rights on the line.

CSU vs. WYOMING – 2:30PM at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, WY.

(It will be televised by KTVD-20 and streamed online at

CSU and Wyoming share the longest continuous rivalry west of the Mississippi, with the unofficial 104th Border War set for Saturday. The teams’ first meeting in 1899 was a CSU forfeit win, making this week officially the 103rd meeting. CSU does not recognize forfeits in all-time won-loss records.

What is the Bronze Boot?

It was a tradition started in 1968 by the ROTC detachments of each school. The Bronze Boot is a traveling trophy given to the winner of the border war game every year and it is, in fact, a bronze-plated boot. According to, The Boot was originally worn in Vietnam by CSU ROTC instructor Dan J. Romero.

Each year leading up to the Wyoming-Colorado State game, the game ball is carried on foot in a shuttle relay by the ROTC detachment of the visiting team to the Wyoming-Colorado state border, where the home team’s ROTC detachment receives it and runs the game ball to the stadium hosting the game.

Wyoming leads the overall “boot series” over CSU 22-games to 21.

Check out some of these great moments of the Bronze Boot.

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